Ipe roxo – Indianernas barkmedicin med Tabebuia
av Ingemar Ljungqvist
I vår vandring över kontinenterna i sökandet på naturens egen medicin har vi denna gången kommit till Sydamerika. I tidigare nummer har vi beskrivit världshavens alger (2000-Talets Vetenskap nr 4-01) och Europas rosenrot, (2000-Talets Vetenskap nr 1-02). I sydamerika stannar vi för trädet med de många namnen: Ipe roxo, Pau d´Arco, Lapacho eller Taheebo. Det är barken från dessa regnskogens jättar som i århundraden varit känd för indianerna som ett universalmedel mot mängder av sjukdomar. De senaste 150 åren har också vetenskapen hunnit ikapp någorlunda och bekräftat den positiva påverkan som en del av trädets molekyler har också på människan.
Den som varit pionjär i många avseenden är naturläkaren Arne Söderback i Helsingborg, och det är också han som förmedlat så att tusentals människor i Norden fått tillgång till teer bryggda på Ipe roxos bark – och där man i flera fall kunnat uppvisa uppseendeväckande resultat mot livshotande sjukdomar.
För Arne Söderbacks del skulle kontakten med Ipe Roxo ta sin början 1985, då han som en nutida upptäcktsresande åkte flodbåt på Amazonas från den brasilianska kuststaden Belém till Tibachinga som ligger upp emot den Colombianska gränsen.
Tidigare var Arne van att söka kunskap långt borta från Sveriges gränser. Han hade i omgångar under 1970-talet utbildat sig som akupunktör i Kina, Japan och Sri Lanka och det är inte utan viss stolthet som Arne Söderback kan visa upp att han är den 86:e godkände utlänningen med diplom från kinesiska Kanton. Men nu handlade det om Brasilien. Flodbåten stannade till vid byarna utmed stränderna där man både växlade passagerare, såväl som handelsvaror. Det var vid ett sådant strandhugg som Arne ställde frågan till en indian som bjöd ut rödaktiga träfibrer till försäljning, vad man skulle ha dem till. Han fick svar på tal. Träfibrerena är från Ipe roxo och det är bra botemedel mot cancer.
Nyfikenheten hos den medicinstuderande helsingborgaren var väckt och vid återkomsten till Sao Paulo gick han in i bokhandeln för att söka mer kunskap om växten – och där fanns besked. Där fanns en hel hylla med böcker om växten med bland annat 10 större böcker.
Läs hela artikeln i 2000-Talets Vetenskap nr 2 årgång 2002
Is the Brazilian bark IPE ROXO a miracle cure cancer? Can an old Brazilian Indian medicine to cure various cancers? Doctors to former cancer patients say yes! In South Americas has been lively discussed this sensational discovery, while the rest of the world has not heard much about this. It is however a fact that the South American doctor successfully use Indian medicine to treat various forms of cancer, e.g. leukemia and other serious diseases. The current plant is called IPE ROXO and sold under many names. It is inter alia known as red Tecomo because of its scarlet flowers or Taheebo. It grows in the warm parts of South America: Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and so on. The bark of this tree was used by medicine men in Guarani- and Typi- Nambo- long before Span came to South America. The discovery that the plant had the power to cure cancer was made about 25 years ago, when a family from San Paulo had a party after a trip to Rio de Janeiro. At supper, they told us about one of his relatives – a girl – who had cancer. Doctors were powerless and had told the girl and her parents that she did not have long to live. A female relative turned to a medicine man in an Indian tribe. He told Her that cancer could be cured with a drink made from the bark of a certain tree. The medicine man gave the lady a small bag of this bark. The young girl and her parents initially thought not to drink the medicine man, but so it happened that the young girl had a strange dream. In the dream she saw a monk who said: ”- Drink tea of the bark that Indian has given you, you will get well.” In the beginning, the girl no importance to this, but when her condition worsened, repeated dream. In the end, she decided to try the tea. The pain disappeared and encouraged by the results, she drank the tea every morning. Before a month had passed, she was healthy and her parents were told by doctors that there now was no trace of the cancer. One of the most interested in the guests at the party was the doctor Orlando Santi from the nearby hospital in Santo Andre. He asked for any of the tea party and left early to go directly to the Municipal Hospital of Santo Andre, where his brother was dying of cancer. He had just had surgery, but without positive results, doctors found his condition hopeless. During his medical studies, Dr. Santi learned that it was necessary to examine each unknown medicine, the kind that was used by the Indians, before whatsoever could think of to use it. He had learned that one must first extract the plant’s active ingredients and try them in lab. Finally, the medicine is patented and production transferred to a recognized pharmaceutical company. Only then, when medicine had come on the market, you could use it on a patient. Otherwise, a doctor be accused of quackery. Obviously this is the correct approach, according to the Medical Authorities in Brazil and throughout the world , although recognized pharmaceutical medicine destroys thousands of people every year. Fortunately, the doctor decided not to follow these regulations. He instead took the bark, boil it in white wine, mixed the hot liquid with orange juice and let his brother drink it on an empty stomach. Like a miracle ceased patient’s pain, and he was able to sleep peacefully. After one month of treatment with the tea, he was discharged from the hospital. A thorough examination revealed no trace of cancer. After this surprising development the doctors decided at the Municipal Hospital of Santo Andre to break the rules in favor of other cancer patients, and they began to treat those patients whose disease was well advanced. This happened in late 1960. Since then, the doctors at the hospital found that the pain in patients with leukemia or other cancers have disappeared within a few hours after they received the decoction from IPE ROXO’s inner bark. They also discovered that after 30 days of treatment with this medicine showed most patients no longer symptoms of the dreaded disease. At the same time, they noted that many other diseases such as cancer patients had (diabetes and gout, for example) disappeared faster than the cancer. Doctors was surprised.. Since late 1960, the bark has been used routinely in the hospital in Santo Andre in the treatment of leukemia and other diseases, where one suspects that the virus is the cause. Both health food stores such as pharmacies in Brazil markets that bark. Denmark is the right to buy in most pharmacies, health food stores and in materialist. ”O Cruzero”. That is a serious weekly newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, had on 18 and 25 April 1967 two long, illustrated articles, which dealt with this medicine and hospital in Santo Andre. One of the pictures you can see a chart hanging over a patient’s bed. During the patient’s name, age . are diagnosed with lung cancer and under treatment with handwritten letters: pau d’arco (IPE ROXO). Another picture shows a long queue, mainly women who are waiting to extradited small package of bark in powdered form and a brochure that explains that those who are in the queue does not belong to the local population and Therefore, we are not entitled to free medicine from the hospital . The local doctors were paying medicine out of pocket and two nurses used their free time to share it. One of the doctors, professor Wallet Accost, stated: ”-From the first experiments with this medicine, I learned two important things that give me idea to cure cancer: First IPE ROXO eliminates the pain caused by the disease. It others increase the n number of red blood cells. grew Our surprise! This bark cured everything: ulcers, diabetes, gout, etc. What surprised me most was the short time that was needed to cure, for almost all cases of illness less than a month. One of my childhood friends, who live in a village called Itu, had a sick wife, who was dying because of cancer. She had been operated on five times without success. After one day of treatment with IPE ROXO she slept calmly and she recovered quickly. It is now several years ago and she is still healthy. Doctor Octaviano Gaiarsi, another doctor at the hospital .: ”That’s not my job to follow the different patients in the hospital, but many of my colleagues have told me about diabetes, bone marrow inflammation and even cancer has been cured. Personally, I feel the cases of anemia that has been cured and wounds healed in a few weeks or one month. a patient, who had incurable bone inflamation, but which were cured by IPE ROXO, was referred to me by the hospital’s director Dr Nordelli. We also had a case of advanced leukemia – 240,000 white blood cells per cubic millimeter of blood. After one month of treatment had white blood cell count dropped to 20,000, which is normal. This case was otherwise lethal. ” After the first articles in ”O CRUZERIO” banned doctors at the hospital to rule on the hospital’s business without the permission of Santo Andres councilor. The Brazilian Association for the cancer fighting raged over the stories that the newspaper published. They wanted to forbid doctors to use Native American medicine. This was Councilor in our database with the. The medicine had in fact been the cause of so many have been cured to the otherwise overcrowded hospital now only half full. In addition, the cost has dropped .